Each year the Sierra Vista Public Library hosts a summer reading program to promote reading for young people who have completed kindergarten through 12th grade. This year the library staff has combined the preschool literacy promotion, “Read to Me,” formerly held annually in April, with the Summer Reading Program, or SRP, to provide better service to families with children in each age group. This year’s program takes place in June.
The goal of the SRP is to encourage young people to read and to keep track of how much they read during the program. The youngest group, babies through preschool, are encouraged to read or be read to by their friends and family for at least 10 minutes per day while the older kids are challenged to read 8 hours per week. Each child is given a reading log in which to note their progress and, after the milestone has been hit, they return the completed form to the library where they receive a prize. Each new milestone earns the child a different award.
Library personnel put interactive programs together that focus on the SRP theme. These and other programs are designed to capture readers’ interest.
The younger crowd will celebrate “Dig Into Reading” during the regular ‘Baby & Toddler Time,’ Tuesdays at 10:20 a.m., and Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Children will read stories, participate in an underground dance party and get their hands into dirt, compost, rocks and minerals throughout the month of June.
All school-aged youth are invited to participate in weekly 11 a.m. programs on Thursdays in June. Participants don’t need to have completed the requested number of hours to attend, and everyone is eligible to win one of the available door prizes. The schedule follows:
June 6 – “D.I.R.T – Digging Into Recycling Techniques”
Local architect Judy Guentzler-Collins will lead participants through the D.I.R.T. in Sierra Vista. This is designed to be a fun-filled workshop with a hands-on takeaway.
June 13 – “Dig into the Earth and Rocks”
Local rock hounds Emily and Bill Jaeger will let youth touch, explore and learn about their rock and mineral collection. See what the earth is made of, check out dinosaur remains, explore local specimens and enjoy lots more.
June 20 – “Burrowing and Digging Animals with Reid Park Zoo”
Members of the Reid Park Zoo from Tucson will visit and bring some of their animal friends. See a number of different creatures and learn how digging is part of their daily lives.
June 27 – “Underground Music and Scavenger Hunt”
Listen to some new music and party to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program. Enjoy a scavenger hunt with several different ability levels.
The Sierra Vista Public Library staff welcomes all area children for the Summer Reading Program. Registration for “Dig Into Reading” begins on May 19. Forms will be available in the library and online at www.SierraVistaAZ.gov\Library. For more information, call 458.4225.